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Re: Is a restaurant row coming to Jersey City's West Side neighborhood?
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Is the water table safe being so close to the cemetery?


Do you think they use well water as drinking water in this section of town?

Posted on: 2016/10/27 13:37
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Re: What’s going there? (Journal Square edition)
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The use of language is flawed isn't it? Its claiming to include ....."spaces for theaters, art galleries and studios, museums, libraries and more".... When you put the letter "S" at the end it makes it plural, right? SO are they claiming there will actually be two or more libraries in this small complex? More than two museums? Two or more theaters? Its a bullshit list of imaginary substance that was clearly thrown together in haste. It is NOT being specific about what it claims to be offering in exchange for a zoning variance and I believe the bar should be higher for proposals like this. If the developer has substantive things it can bring to the table they should have no trouble at all listing them and DEFINING them. Pointing to other unrelated developments in other parts of the world and claiming you can do the same is NOT in itself a plan for success.


When I hear "spaces for...", I just imagine an empty lot where one of those institutions could go, if it was ever built. If it took this many years to develop a profitable luxury building, you can imagine how long it would take to build anything for the publics benefit.

Posted on: 2016/10/27 13:35
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Re: More teardowns and Bayonne Boxes coming in the Heights
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I shiver everytime i pass one of these houses, especially when its next to a row of historic buildings. The pitch roof, cheap, slapped together materials and driveway are such eyesores in any setting.

Driveways specifically are a real detriment to a city where there is a dense walking population. cars passing between streets and what should be a safe section of travel for people always leads to issues. if not injuries, at least most of the time, cars will jut out into the walking path forcing walkers to pop into the street to avoid them. i wish the planning board would have some balls to ban these things.

Posted on: 2016/10/14 19:17
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Re: PERSHING FIELD POOL- WORLD'S LARGEST HOT TUB
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damn, i got legitimately excited there for a second

Posted on: 2016/10/6 16:16
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Re: What’s going there? (Journal Square edition)
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wow, thats exciting. looks like JSQ finally got its first decent eating establishment for brunch. its about time! hope they do well.

Posted on: 2016/10/3 16:24
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Re: New season of Classic Movies at Loew's J Starts Sept 30
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Does the "season" only consist of three movies? I'd like to see a more full,almost weekly schedule and throwing in a semi-modern (last 30 years) film in there as well.

I dont want to start a whole thing, because I know theres a thread for that already, but this theater deserves much more patronage than it gets and the only way that will happen is if it offers more to the general public.

Posted on: 2016/9/15 12:51
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Re: Drop By Barcade to Support the Embankment Preservation Coalition
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yes, that would be the entire purpose of it. now local politics being the shithole that it is, obviously it would go to fund a couple dozen new beach homes for some cronies, but you can't operate under the (generally correct) assumption that monies raised will not actually be used for their intended effect.

here's the thing - no one loses anything. we've never had the use of that entire area since they demolished the connecting bridges what... 12? 15? years ago. even then, most people never went up there because there was nothing to do. people would lose that giant ugly wall that's been slowly crumbling and occasionally getting tagged. it'd be a lost opportunity if you really look at it like that, but no one's taking a park away from you or anyone else - just the opportunity to make all the taxpayers spend more money on an excessive design because building and maintaining 5 bridges, about 15 blocks worth of fencing, multiple entrance and exit points including ADA compliant ones is wrapped up in "we want moar park!"

fk that. get a ground level park. get nutbag yvonne happy and make one or two of those blocks a municipal/residential parking lot. spend the money on the shit we need rather than excessive futility.

nice things are nice. parks are nice. so's the new world trade center. it looks pretty. it sure wasn't worth the money.


Luckily, this line of thinking is in the minority as you can even see on this thread alone. Most people in this city understand there is a real dearth for public park space especially as more people are being added every year.

Once you get rid of open space and it becomes housing, it is much much harder to get it back for public use and the city becomes sterile without spaces for people to walk through, if possible at all. It is important to keep the small amount of public land we have now. There are still plenty of other lots that, if developed well, can be used for tall high rises.

Posted on: 2016/9/6 20:36
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Re: Jersey City Paves the Way for a Restaurant Row in Bergen-Lafayette
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they better get moving if thats going to be a thing.

And do the KFC and Crown count as restaurants?

Posted on: 2016/8/31 17:21
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Re: PATH (pathetic attempt at transporting humans)
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I've spent plenty of time looking around at my fellow PATH riders, and that's why I'm not buying the theory that the PA wants us walking by those ritzy new shops. Most of us won't be stopping by to pick up a Bulgari watch on our way to Lincoln Center.

Right!? I walk through the Oculus every day to and from work, and have started to pay attention to the stores that are getting ready to open. I had hoped it would be something along the lines of Grand Central - higher end, yes, but accessible - O & Co., Papyrus. I'm really surprised to see the stores in the Oculus - Kate Spade, Gucci, Longines, etc. I agree - PA (or is it Westfield's decision) seems to have paid zero attention to the demographics of the PATH riders.

I'm curious what other people think - is this supposed to become a destination for the surrounding Wall Street crowd?


I hope it all flops and Westfield loses tons of money.


Why? Even if most 'common people' dont shop there, higher end retail means higher rents, and if they can make $1 billion of the $4 billion they spent back, they are at least on the way to charging retailers instead of commuters. Im sure they will squander that money but I would rather them get some income from someone who isnt the working class commuter or tax dollars to fund whatever it is they do.


It's not just rent! Most malls have intricate contracts with retailers that involve paying not just a monthly rent, but also a percentage of total sales. So, if this place is a runaway success, the PA could end up generating a ton of money not just in rents.

Also, the idea that this place will fail is silly, at best. Despite all the naysayers in here, this mall be a huge success. Downtown Manhattan now attracts a lot more tourists and even locals. More and more people are moving down there, and there will be tons of people coming to Westfield Place to shop.


I'm all for the Port Authority generating more money, but I would love to see the ROI on this $4 billion boondoggle. The facility has very poor ingress\egress and it leads to bottlenecks trying to exit. The PATH platforms are too narrow and crowded, It takes too long for passengers to clear while. This is where cash should have been spent making it column-free instead of the whale carcass.

A transit center with much better access for riders, more retail space, and office space could have been built for much less than $4 billion, but the PA wanted to waste $4 billion by partnering with an arsehold Spanish architect.


I do agree that the access point from the side street had a surprisingly small amount of stairs and escalators compared to the temporary structure that was built. Im hoping that I missed something and that there will be multiple entrances to split the load of this new station, because otherwise, yes, that was a huge oversight.

Posted on: 2016/8/30 16:34
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Re: Bergen Arches Proposal Envisions a World Class Cultural Destination in Jersey City
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I'll believe it when I see it, but it would be an awesome addition to the city

Posted on: 2016/8/22 16:08
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Re: PATH (pathetic attempt at transporting humans)
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I've spent plenty of time looking around at my fellow PATH riders, and that's why I'm not buying the theory that the PA wants us walking by those ritzy new shops. Most of us won't be stopping by to pick up a Bulgari watch on our way to Lincoln Center.

Right!? I walk through the Oculus every day to and from work, and have started to pay attention to the stores that are getting ready to open. I had hoped it would be something along the lines of Grand Central - higher end, yes, but accessible - O & Co., Papyrus. I'm really surprised to see the stores in the Oculus - Kate Spade, Gucci, Longines, etc. I agree - PA (or is it Westfield's decision) seems to have paid zero attention to the demographics of the PATH riders.

I'm curious what other people think - is this supposed to become a destination for the surrounding Wall Street crowd?


I hope it all flops and Westfield loses tons of money.


Why? Even if most 'common people' dont shop there, higher end retail means higher rents, and if they can make $1 billion of the $4 billion they spent back, they are at least on the way to charging retailers instead of commuters. Im sure they will squander that money but I would rather them get some income from someone who isnt the working class commuter or tax dollars to fund whatever it is they do.

Posted on: 2016/8/15 16:29
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Re: What’s going there? (Journal Square edition)
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i still think a Marion Stop 200 feet away from the JSQ stop is the biggest waste of time, money and resources, only benefitting a handful of people and inconveniencing hundreds of thousands more every year who have to wait for an extra stop during rush hours. its pointless to even study this as an option. its under a 10 minute walk to JSQ. there are so many more important things the PATH can do with tax payer money than build this.

All that said, I hope the area develops as proposed and JSQ in general continues to see a nice boost in the coming years.

Posted on: 2016/8/1 14:35
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Re: Intersection daylighting has been installed along Jersey Ave.
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These are dumb and unattractive. Dont think they do what they are intended to do.

However, where I would like to see these are alongside bike lanes. A physical barrier would prevent people from coming into the lane to sneak by other cars or drop people off. I guess the places Im thinking about where the bike lanes hug the curb are more in NYC than JC, but that could happen in JC in the future too.

Posted on: 2016/7/8 16:21
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Re: Whole Foods in JC?
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so what happens to this thread now? its by far one of the longest running, most popular threads on this site. "2nd Whole Foods in JC?"

Posted on: 2016/5/5 16:39
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Re: PRESERVATION OF POWERHOUSE TO BEGIN
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to want it torn down is a very short sighted response to what can be a great addition and attraction to the neighborhood which is desperately lacking something besides another bland high rise residential building (which is what it will be replaced with if torn down).

Having the powerhouse act as a part museum of how it used to run as well as a profitable place for recreation and business with large outdoor plaza space will much better serve the community on the whole. I agree that financing is an issue, but it has been successfully done in the past, and can be done again. its in a prime location, so someone will bite eventually.

Posted on: 2016/4/22 18:31
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Re: art museum to Journal Square?
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i agree that it being outside of the PATH station makes a huge difference. JSQ is also becoming more of a hub for the arts whether downtown likes it or not. Between the Art House behind the PATH, Mana, Loews (when it decides to do things) and relatively cheaper rents for now, its an ideal spot for another cultural institution like a museum.

This one should be held under a microscope to make sure it doesnt fail like the last, but I think its a good idea.

The powerhouse is still so many years from being an option, that its not feasible, but I hope someone does something good with it soon.

Posted on: 2016/4/13 13:28
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Re: Kennedy Blvd. Any chance for light rail since buses are packed?
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This is a LRV or PATH Proposal I made for my thesis a few years back that would connect all the west side of JC to SI and potentially the City. Included were street mockups which allowed for street parking on off-peak hours like other major thoroughfares already do. Of course its cost prohibitive but theres no reason the city cant implement a plan like the Select Bus service which runs North-South in Brooklyn with limited stops in an articulated bus. It resembles a light rail at a fraction of the cost. With a dedicated lane, this would improve reliability and speed like it already has proven to in Brooklyn.




Good project - critical to future plans to better integrate JC into the metro area transportation network (if something like this were actually to happen in the near future, I would stay in the Heights instead of planning to move to JSQ) - the lack of a direct rail connection to Manhattan is a huge drawback to the future of the Heights. I'm curious about a few things:
- who was on your review committee? Where there any local stakeholders, or local planning experts?
- how well was your proposal received?
- did you conclude whether the PATH or LRV equipment was the better platform?
- the SI section seems to cut straight across roads and properties - was the premise to use exclusively existing ROWs?


Thanks! This was intended as more of a PATH line but the shear expense then changed the scope to half tunneling through SI and into Manhattan obviously and most of Hudson Cty being on grade (hence the JFK Boulevard street study). There would be no eminent domain or manipulation of existing street grids. I think it has been received well, but not something to spark enough interest to ever get off the ground. Still fun to do though.

Posted on: 2016/2/19 19:58
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Re: Kennedy Blvd. Any chance for light rail since buses are packed?
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This is a LRV or PATH Proposal I made for my thesis a few years back that would connect all the west side of JC to SI and potentially the City. Included were street mockups which allowed for street parking on off-peak hours like other major thoroughfares already do. Of course its cost prohibitive but theres no reason the city cant implement a plan like the Select Bus service which runs North-South in Brooklyn with limited stops in an articulated bus. It resembles a light rail at a fraction of the cost. With a dedicated lane, this would improve reliability and speed like it already has proven to in Brooklyn.

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Posted on: 2016/2/19 17:59
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Re: What’s going there? (Journal Square edition)
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Yvonne wrote:
Where is the open space? This is poor planning by our planning office, we are allowing developers to place massive buildings in without open space.


Lincoln Park is an amazing resource but there needs to be a more inviting link between JSQ and it. I agree a couple more community gardens and pocket parks could exist along the way for people to sit and eat around lunch, but hopefully someone in charge forces large developers to allow public space close by for every new project

Posted on: 2016/2/11 14:52
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Re: Area between Tunnel and Hoboken
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Among the developers' grand plans is a scheme to "raise the streets in the area out of the flood plain [????] while installing new storm and sanity sewer lines. The neighborhood would also get new street lights, public wi-fi, sidewalks and landscaped areas."


Note, some shrubs, not a "park" for the families they presumably are trying to attract to these large units. A whole neighborhood is being built there, but no parkspace, so they will inevitably come down to the already overpressured Hamilton Park. Planning Dept?? Hello??


I'm curious as to whether the Planning Department serves any real function, or if it simply operates as a rubber stamp when faced with a proposal that will generate $$$ for those who have the power in City Hall.


Theres a planning dept in JC?

Posted on: 2016/2/3 14:12
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Re: PATH-Weary Jersey City Wants to Build a Pedestrian Bridge to Manhattan
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Posted on: 2015/11/24 16:15
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Re: Resident calls Jersey City condo artwork inappropriate
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Im starting to hate where this country is going. And Im not even an old person

Posted on: 2015/10/27 21:02
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Re: Should tipping be eliminated at eateries?
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Ive only in my life not tipped maybe once or twice, but it was because the service was beyond awful. Im all for the wait staff to get the money they deserve, but it does kind of eliminate the need for the staff to try when they know they have that guaranteed tip coming their way. Just saying.

Posted on: 2015/10/16 16:32
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Re: Proposal to dissolve the Jersey City Incinerator Authority
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Too bad we cant consolidate all the wasted redundant agencies that bleed money from the townships into single agencies for all of Hudson County. Its wasteful to have so many separate city halls, police stations. Waste agencies, parking authorities, etc for an area as small as Hudson County when they could be merged and managed more properly.

Posted on: 2015/10/15 13:27
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Re: Mack-Cali URL three 69 story towers at Harborside
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Not really sure why these buildings are getting such hell just because they look different. I think it will be an interesting addition to the skyline and a lot more exciting to look at than the cookie cutter brick boxes going up which are a dime a dozen now. Maybe when all three are up, itll make more sense in context. Or maybe just dont look at them if it bothers you that much.

Posted on: 2015/10/5 16:55
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Re: The Beacon
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I agree that the Beacons neighboring lots will be transformed big time in the next decade and hopefully around JSQ/MS too, but as of right now, theres a serious dearth of amenities, meaning places to buy food, eat at good restaurants, good bars, etc in ALL of JSQ unless you like Indian food or Fast food. I think McGinley Square pub is the first decent bar in the whole area so hopefully they survive and thats a step in the right direction, but the area still has a long way to go. I had a hard time even finding a place around St Peters to get a regular sandwich over the weekend! Im hoping that changes with a flood of new development.

Posted on: 2015/9/29 13:31
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Re: PATH gets United CEO fired?
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I still dont understand how so many people can be opposed to an extension that to me makes perfect sense. A direct link from WTC or 33rd street to the EWR Airtrain, much like the A train goes to the Airtrain in JFK. How is this a bad idea as opposed to getting off and transferring to a bus or a Nj Transit train to go one stop? Not to mention that out of towners will have no map or person to help them find these things once they get off the PATH or Airtrain. This is why public transit blows in this country. People would rather shave money off funding, thinking its a redundant service, when it only will streamline travel.

Posted on: 2015/9/11 16:55
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Re: McGinley Square Pub - Purchased?
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Jersey City bar opens with unique motto: No Wi-Fi...Talk to each other!

By Steven Rodas | For The Jersey Journal The Jersey Journal
August 27, 2015 at  8:45 AM

JERSEY CITY – The 100-year-old building that houses the recently-opened McGinley Square Pub has a rich history.

In the spirit of this classic style – which is evident from the large antique cash register that sits behind the bar – the owner draws inspiration for one of the pub's mottos: "No Wi-Fi: Talk to each other."

"What I'm trying to create here is a good vibe," said 36 year-old Angelo Hatzipetrou, who opened the pub at the end of May. "As you can see we have no televisions, that's done for a reason. We want to promote the social aspect of going to a pub."

McGinley Square Pub, located at 755 Montgomery St. in Jersey City, was formerly operated under the same name. Prior to that it was named after the Orson Welles' film "Citizen Kane."

Read more:  http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... city_encourages_patr.html

and more importantly, looks like they have no TVs which i commend. so hard to find a bar in JC without a millions TVs to distract the patrons. looks like people have to suck it up and talk to other people here. cant wait to check it out!

Posted on: 2015/8/31 16:18
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Re: Fulop to solicit proposals from for-profit companies to replace FOL in running the Loew’s theater
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Yvonne,

please stop being stubborn and look at the clearly laid out facts that rescue and others have laid out. Even if the $500k was delivered to FOL, they cannot restore the theater to the level of Kings theater in Brooklyn with that money and will never get the proper acts to fill these seats on a regular basis. Look at how infrequently they host events over the last several years.

FOL did a great job over the years and Im happy they did the work, but if they truly loved the theater, they need to pass the torch and let it really thrive and help JSQ become a destination.

Posted on: 2015/8/14 13:03
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Re: Christie down to 3% in New Hampshire following first debate
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Good. Now Christie can you come back in the state and do some kind of work? As a taxpayer paying your salary I feel that I am not getting good ROI. You have been quite a disappointment.

When Christie has "done work" in this state the "work" has resulted in the state getting worse.


aggreed. i hope his ego pushes him well beyond where he should go with all this to give the state a little time to heal from his damage. the less he's around, the better.

Posted on: 2015/8/12 17:01
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